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Week of 18 May 2009


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This Week's Commentary: Volume VIII, Number 18
Man U Wins Again -- Despite the BS over what Speaker Pelosi knew and when did she know it, and forgetting Governor Huntsman becoming ambassador to China, the real news this week-end was Manchester United locking up the Premiership title yet again. If there is proof positive that Satan is winning, it's MU's victory. Nothing is worse to right thinking people than the victory of evil, but MU has done the business, and credit is due where credit belongs. [May 18]

US to Adopt Tighter Fuel Efficiency Standards -- President Obama will announce today that the US government wants car makers to increase the efficiency of America's fleet of road vehicles. According to official leaks, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy [CAFE] standards will demand that passenger cars and light trucks get an average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Currently, the CAFE standard is 27.5 miles per gallon for cars and 23.1 for trucks. What is most interesting is the alliance of supporters backing this; it is composed of the usual antagonists among state and federal officials, the car companies and environmentalists. [May 19]

Speaker of House of Commons Resigning over Expenses Scandal -- Michael Martin, Speaker of Britain's House of Commons, just announced that he will resign his office after almost a decade adjudicating the disputes and keeping order in the boisterous chamber. Part of his duties included administering and policing the expenses of members of the House. In recent days, thanks to reporting from the Telegraph, it became clear that he failed to keep MPs honest. Those who had played by the rules eventually forced him out. Yet, he should not be alone in quitting as Speaker and leaving his Commons seat. [May 20]

Alleged New York Bomb Plot Foiled -- Early this morning, New Yorkers awoke to their caffeine and lousy breakfast TV to discover that law enforcement agencies had foiled an alleged bomb plot. Four men were under arrest for allegedly planting what they thought were explosives at a synagogue and a Jewish community center in the Bronx. An FBI informant had had them under observation for close to a year. The lessons from this case are simple enough. Anti-terrorism is police work, not the job of the military, and in the war against terrorism, America has lost some hearts and minds by forgetting that point. [May 21]

Copyright 2009 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.

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